Elderberry dyeing

This was the first small batch I dyed using elderberries and their stalks, the top three pieces are plain cotton, the bottom some scrim.  I left all the berries/stalks etc in the dye pot when adding the fabrics.  Learning from my mistakes I won’t be doing that again – it took a lot of washing to get rid of all the squished berries which had adhered themselves like superglue to the pieces.  I strained the liquid and added more berries, steeped them for a day or so before straining the liquid again before adding more fabrics.

I love the difference in tones that have been achieved and were there more elderberries out back to be had I would by dyeing some more.  These pieces have held more colour as they didn’t have to be scrubbed to get rid of detritus :).    In both cases I added plain old distilled vinegar as a mordant.  There are various fabrics here, cotton, silk, slub silk, parachute silk, lace, linen plus a napkin and a doily.  Again the variant colours achieved make me very happy.

Next up, if I can find enough, will be dyeing with acorns … of course I shall have to beat the squirrels to them but a woman can try!


About Jill

https://landofdreaming.wordpress.com An artist inspired by nature in all her glorious guises and the ‘inner’ worlds I have inhabited in the past, present and future; also those of other wanderers I meet along the way.
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7 Responses to Elderberry dyeing

  1. Linda D. says:

    Mmm. Do love your dyeing experiments. Fantastic the way the different fabrics end up in varying hues and shades.

  2. kate says:

    oooooo i love these…i@d love to try this

  3. gailkav says:

    I’ve used tea and mulberries, but I didn’t know elderberries gave colour – these are gorgeous.

  4. thanks for dropping by my blog, Jill.
    I love the dusty pinks you’ve achieved, and the varying tints.
    I have a book called Cheap Chic, from the 60’s but totally in fashion again, she suggested pairing dusty pinks with olive green army pants. It was my uniform for ages back then.

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